How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night in Summer
Summertime is well and truly upon us! And with all the fun and exciting things summer brings with it, it also means longer days and shorter nights which may interfere with your babies sleep routine.
You may find yourself with a grumpy baby the first few nights or maybe even weeks, but it’s important to find a routine suited to you and your little one.
To help you through the transition period, we have put together a list of 8 helpful tips and tricks to get your baby to sleep through the night in summer.
8 helpful tips and tricks to help your baby sleep through the night
1. Set up a downtown routine
If you don’t already have a downtime routine, we recommend you create one. Whether you choose to read a book or another quiet activity, it’s a way for your little ones to wind down at the end of the day. Creating this routine and adding it in 30 minutes to 1 hour before bed will help their little minds wind down and gives them a cue to know it’s almost bedtime.
2. Set firm limits
If your little ones keep getting up, return them back to their bed with as little interaction as possible. If you react in an overly negative or positive way, they will treat it as a game and continue to play, which will be sure to test your patience!
3. Don’t skip nap time
If you find that when bedtime comes around your little ones aren’t as tired as they usually are, try setting an earlier nap time during the day. But whatever you do, don’t skip nap time. This is a balancing act and will take some trial and error to get right.
4. The importance of room temperature
During the summer months it can be hard to maintain an ideal room temperature. If the room is hot try putting a fan or air conditioner on 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime, giving ample time for the room to cool down. But don’t leave the fan on all night as the noise may interfere with sleep.
In general, base the room temperature off what feels comfortable to you, but if you would like peace of mind you can use a thermometer to check.
5. Keep the room dark
Block out blinds are a must! They will be your lifesaver this summer. With the sun being up for longer than usual, blackout blinds will help to calm your little ones down and let them know that it’s time for bed. If you’re travelling or need a short term solution our Gro Anywhere Blind is a great alternative if it’s still too light to say ‘night night’!
If your toddler is scared of the dark we recommend adding a night light to the room. This will ensure they feel safe and will help to soothe them to sleep.
6. Use sleep training clocks and other sleep aid accessories
Sleep training clocks are perfect if your baby is an early riser. The backlit display colours will assist your little ones to understand when it’s time to wake and when to sleep. At Babyroad, we have a variety of sleep training clocks to choose from, including the Oricom Sleep Trainer Clock or the Zazu Sam Sleep Trainer.
We also have many more sleep aid accessories you can use to help your baby sleep at night, such as:
- HoMedics MyBaby SoundSpa Portable – the perfect way to bring about tranquillity to any environment for you and your baby.
- Homedics Sound Spa On The Go – soothing sounds to take anywhere you go.
- Baby Shusher – quickly soothes any baby with loud, rhythmic shushing noises.
- Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Owl Nightlight Soother – a natural fit for a modern nursery.
- Zazu Soft Toy Nightlight with Melodies – keeps your little one company during the dark nights.
7. Keep the little ones comfortable
Whether it’s the clothing they are wearing or the blanket that covers them, it’s important they are comfortable. In the warmer month’s it’s completely fine for your baby to sleep in just a nappy and a light swaddle. At Babyroad, we have a number of wraps, swaddles and other basics to choose from here.
8. Remove all distractions
Ensure the room is free from distractions such as unwanted noise, light, smells, etc. and this includes you staying out of the room! To keep an eye on your little ones without entering their bedroom and potentially waking them, we have a variety of top baby monitors to choose from.
For more information specifically for new-borns, head to our article on nurturing our newborn’s sleep, or we have a variety of books to choose from, such as Caroline’s Angels 5 Steps to Sleep Book and Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall.
A reminder for all the parents out there
Remember to be patient and don’t be so hard on yourself. Longer days and shorter nights can really influence the sleeping patterns and habits of your little ones. Finding a routine that works may take time and not every baby is the same. It’s important to try a variety of things to see what works. You’ve got this!
We hope you enjoyed our tips and tricks on how to get your baby to sleep through the night during the warmer and sunnier months. If you have any question about this article or any of our products here at Babyroad, please contact our friendly team and we will be more than happy to assist.
Baby Sleep FAQ’s
How much sleep does a baby need?
As a rule of thumb infants (4 to 12 months) require 12 – 16 hours, toddler (1 to 2 years) require 11 – 14 hours, children (3 to 5 years old) require 10 – 13 hours.
How to get an overtired baby to sleep?
An overtired baby can be difficult to deal with. First things first, you need to try and calm them down to make them drowsy. A few techniques include swaddling them, breastfeed or give them a bottle, gently rock your baby to sleep and place them in their cot as they start to become drowsy.
How to get baby to sleep during the day?
A dark, quiet environment can help soothe your little ones to sleep. Being consistent and listening to signs that they are tired will also help you fit nap time in.
When can a baby sleep with a pillow?
Your little ones should sleep free of loose blankets, pillows and soft bedding until they reach 18 months old.
When can a baby sleep through the night without feeding?
Most infants need to be nursed at regular intervals throughout the day and night. Once they are 3 months old, or until they weigh 5 – 6 kilos they can sleep for a full 6 – 8 hours without waking.